What do you think of the famous questions dating back to 19th century Salons of Paris, later given the name of the Proust Questionnaire? Marcel Proust, the great author of the 7-volume life-long work “In Search of Lost Time” had answered similar questions twice, however without any part in their invention or wording. I sit, thinking, why not pose a challenge to ourselves and try to answer them frankly, even for our own private puporoses? It may be worth a try, if only unlike myself, you don’t occasionally question the very idea whether or not”a spoken word is already a lie,” especially since Marcel Proust himself replied, when asked of his idea of perfect happiness, “I dare not speak it, I am afraid of destroying it by speaking it.”
Repost the questionnaire if you feel like sharing a thought or two.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A combination of personal and artistic fulfillment.
What is your greatest fear?
Unfullfilled deeds coming back to me at my last moment.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Hypocricy and in men – cowardice.
Which living person do you most admire?
Someone who finds the inner strength to face up to the world.
What is your greatest extravagance?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Being friends with everyone.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Perhaps only the fact that at the moment it’s younger than my inner appearence. But age is a reality that no one has yet escaped.
Which living person do you most despise?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
A lack of cowardice in regard to inner views/beliefs.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Currently, the works of a certain great poet.
What is your motto?
“Our real audience is Time”